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'''John Wilkins''' (14 February 1614 – 19 November 1672) was an Anglican ministry|Anglican clergyman, natural philosophy|natural philosopher and author, and was one of the founders of the Royal Society. He was Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death. Wilkins is one of the few persons to have headed a college at both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. He was a polymath, although not one of the most important scientific innovators of the period. His personal qualities were brought out, and obvious to his contemporaries, in reducing political tension in English Interregnum|Interregnum Oxford, in founding the Royal Society on non-partisan lines, and in efforts to reach out to religious nonconformists. He was one of the founders of the new natural theology compatible with the science of the time.Alister E. McGrath, ''A Scientific Theology: Nature'' (2001), p....
DioceseDiocese of Chester
Term1668–1672 (death)
PredecessorGeorge Hall (bishop of Chester)|George Hall
SuccessorJohn Pearson (bishop)|John Pearson
Other postDean of Ripon (1663–1672)
Birth date{{birth date|1614|02|14|df=y}}
Birth placeFawsley, Northamptonshire{{cite DNB|wstitle=Wilkins, John|first=Francis|last=Sanders|volume=61}}
Death date{{death date and age|1672|11|19|1614|02|14|df=y}}
Death placeChancery Lane, London
BuriedSt Lawrence Jewry, London
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